Irondale girls second at conference Nordic meet

The Northwest Suburban Conference Nordic ski racing championships held last week featured a dozen teams competing. In the girls’ competition, 11 teams were vying for second place while the team championship was nearly a foregone conclusion.

In the end, the team title landed where expected and Irondale won the battle for runner-up. 

Irondale amassed 619 points and held off third-place Andover, which ended up with 585 points. Robbinsdale Armstrong entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the state according to and racked up 677 points to claim the crown.

Armstrong’s top four skiers finished no lower than fifth in the pursuit standings, which are determined by adding each participant’s times from the classic and skate races.

Irondale had its top four competitors land in the top 20.

Junior Claire DuBois led Irondale by finishing ninth overall with a pursuit time of 25 minutes, 56.71 seconds. DuBois had a time of 13 minutes, 50.56 seconds in the classic race to finish ninth and a skate race time of 12 minutes, 6.15 seconds to finish 10th.

Also racing in the conference meet for Irondale were seniors Elizabeth Axberg and Michelle Meyer, who finished 11th and 12th, respectively. Junior Emily Manning came in 18th place and junior Alyssa Gahr was 28th to round out Irondale’s top five. 

The rest of Irondale’s conference-meet contingent included senior Lili Tapper (29th), junior Maria Doku (42nd), sophomore Zella Fruzyna (48th), junior Madeline Ocel (64th) and eighth grader Kaisa Stolen (92nd).

In the boys’ competition, Irondale finished third in the team standings with 517 points. Fifth-ranked Champlin Park captured the team title with 663 points and Armstrong was the runner-up with 610 points.

Senior McEwan Rodefeld was the highest-finishing Knight as he placed third overall with a pursuit time of 21 minutes, 14.70 seconds. His skate time of nine minutes, 45.25 seconds was second overall and he was fifth in the classic race with a time of 11 minutes, 29.45 seconds.

Next up for Irondale was junior Spenser Brown, who came in 26th place. The rest of the Knights’ top five included sophomore Nathan Gahr (34th), senior Alec Burgoyne (46th) and freshman Carlos Momsen (48th).

Also racing in the conference meet for Irondale were junior Henry Heinks (52nd), eighth-grader Declan Rodefeld (56th), sophomore Jeff Sandkuhler (85th) and eighth graders Danny Wessberg (87th) and Chris Gottwaldt (95th).

Next up for Irondale is the Section 4AA meet on Feb. 9 at Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington. The top two teams from each section advance to the state meet and in Section 4AA the highest-ranked boys teams are Stillwater (third) and Forest Lake (seventh) while the highest-ranked girls teams are Stillwater (third) and Forest Lake (fifth).

The state meet is Feb. 16 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. 


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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